Powercoders - Coding Academy for Refugees

Impacting lives by teaching to code

An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home.

Powercoders is a coding academy for refugees. We believe that, in the 21st century, coding skills will help you to start a new life wherever you are forced to go.

We offer a 3-month coding academy program, followed by an internship of three months to one year. The ultimate goal of the Powercoders is the permanent placement of trained refugees in IT-companies and IT-departments in Switzerland. Participation is free of charge (with additional support for laptop, food and transportation where needed) and includes a mentoring program.

Our next batch will be in Lausanne starting on April 23

Application deadline is March 31, 2018.

We are looking for


The program is primarily meant for refugees (status B and F) but also other migrants. If you have special talent in IT, fluency in English and are interested in participating.

IT Companies

Are you an IT-company in Lausanne and are you interested in supporting us by offering a trainee program?
Support us!


There is a shortage of skilled IT-workers, especially frontend developers. Are you a developer and interested in supporting our program by teaching?


Arriving in a new country is never easy. Our students have to learn a lot about how Switzerland works as a country but also how we work as a society. Interested in mentoring our students?

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